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Jet’s team ‘Showman’ draws attention on and off the pitch

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If you’ve been following the New York Jets behind the scenes with all of the team footage posted on YouTube, you may already know that the resident class clown is none other than wide receiver Keelan Cole.

We wrote about the upcoming free agent becoming a glue on that list, but lately the former Jacksonville Jaguar has proven to be so much more. Aside from beating the Tennessee Titans, Cole got off to a slow start with his new franchise and it wasn’t entirely his fault.

After missing week 1 due to injury, the wide-out received no goals in week 2 and three or fewer goals in any other game (except week 4) through Halloween. With Mike White on the field, and more importantly, Corey Davis on the sidelines, Cole has stepped up and shown his true potential.

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The case can definitely be brought on for Joe Douglas to re-sign Cole, but should he instead get proactive and extend it? It is certainly a possibility if he can negotiate a lucrative deal with the wide receiver that keeps him at an affordable price.

Cole signed a one-year contract with the Jets for $ 5.5 million, which is a bit expensive for a depth receiver. However, if Douglas increased the length to a three year extension, I wonder if that number would possibly go down a bit.

Not only is he popular off the field as a charismatic and lovable goofball (more on that below), but he has some serious skills and shows when the opportunity presents itself. For example, in Davis’ absence, Cole surpassed 2020 second round player Denzel Mims.

In week 8, apart from that spectacular one-hand gripper that was recalled in the cover photo above – which should have counted as a touchdown catch – Cole drew three goals out of five. Week 9 was better as the underrated gun garnered five receptions for 66 yards.

This primetime outing against the Indianapolis Colts marked the first time Cole was targeted more than five (eight) times. He has a catch quota of 66.7% per year, while Mims’ quota is 50.0%.

As for his role, Cole was able to establish himself as both a possession receiver and a deep threat depending on the need. 12 of its 16 receptions resulted in first downs.

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In another edition of Keelan’s Questions, Cole asked his teammates a series of silly questions like:

We’ve seen this section of JetLife before and written about its hilarious London version, but this one was even better. If you want to laugh, check out the two minutes of fun.

Whether it was Jamison Crowder and Brandin Echols who got stumped by trick questions, or Cole figuring out the team’s biggest wrestling contenders (Folorunso Fatukasi, Alijah Vera-Tucker, George Fant and Nathan Shepherd), the foresight knows how to get one The audience is captivating.

The subtle jokes were the best, like calling kicker Matt Ammendola a home wrecker for choosing White to go out with his make-up sister. “He has twins, are you serious? Is that what you want to do? ”Cole joked.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, players like this are important when it comes to building a positive culture. Cole makes the players smile in the locker room, and that will hopefully increase their level of proficiency on Sundays. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

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The subtle jokes were the best, like calling kicker Matt Ammendola a home wrecker for choosing White to go out with his make-up sister. “He has twins, are you serious? Is that what you want to do? ”Cole joked.

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